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Bringing it all together

You’ve already built almost all of the pieces required for the lighting system. You now have:

  • The circuitry.
  • The firmware.
  • A connection to Device Management.
  • A way of talking from a Node.js or Python app to the device.

You can now combine everything by building a web app that allows you to control the lights from anywhere in the world. For convenience, we built a Node.js mobile web app for you, which is in the connected-lights-cloud folder. The web app has the following features:

  • Lists all the lights under your account.
  • Changes the status of the light (from motion sensing to on/off).
  • Quickly changes colors.
  • Gets notifications whenever the PIR sensor detects movement.

Here is a screenshot of the app running on an Android phone:

Screenshot of the light control interface

This is what the mobile interface looks like with two lights connected. Tap the color to change it.

Note: To give the lights a more friendly name (such as "living room"), change the name of the device in the Device Management Portal.

Running the application

To start the application, first open connected-lights-cloud/webapp/main.js, and paste your Device Management API key in the first line.:

  1. Open a terminal or command prompt.

  2. Navigate to connected-lights-cloud/webapp.

  3. Install the dependencies:

    $ npm install
    
  4. Run the application:

    $ node main.js
    

Open your web browser, and go to http://localhost:5265 to see the application running.

Konekuta

The web application is built on top of Konekuta, a framework for building dynamic web applications on top of Device Management. Konekuta solves a number of common problems with building connected applications, including state syncing, going offline/online, handling errors and updating the UI when devices connect or disconnect from Device Management. Konekuta is open source and available on GitHub.